An Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a 21-year-old man, Gabriel Sylvester, to one year imprisonment for internet fraud commonly referred to as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’
He was arraigned before Justice R.A. Oshodi and pleaded guilty to two count charges bordering on fraud.
It was gathered that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Lagos command, had on August 29, 2022 raided an apartment in the Ibeju Lekki area and arrested suspects between the ages of 18 and 30 .
The EFCC said the youths had no source of livelihood but an iPhone 6S was recovered from Sylvester.
The prosecuting counsel, F. Ofoma told the court that the defendant, an orphan, confessed to receiving an Apple gift card worth $100 as part of an online scam, which he converted to N25,000 (Twenty-Five Thousand Naira).
He said the money was then expended on the purchase of foodstuff, recharge cards, slippers.
The orphan pleaded guilty after the charges were read and begged the judge to temper justice with mercy.
Justice Oshodi then sentenced him to one-year imprisonment on count one and one-year imprisonment on count two.
The presiding judge, however, gave him an option of N50,000 fine in addition to community service.
Meanwhile, CorrectNG reported that a Nigerian lady said she prefers getting married to an internet fraudster who is into Yahoo Plus than being with a man who has a regular job.
She explained that Yahoo Plus Boys usually cash out with the help of jazz so they which is a guaranteed way of making sure there is endless supply of money.
She said Yahoo boys are better than working class men because they can always renew their wealth whenever it looks like money is getting exhausted.
According to her, if a working class man goes broke, he has no immediate way of getting rich or escaping financial problems.
The young lady stated this during a street interview as she further said that the fraudsters have family members they can use to replenish their riches, whereas the guys with normal jobs don’t have relatives which is why they are struggling day and night at work.
She also said she likes the way fraudsters pamper their girlfriends, take them out in their cars and how they act like cute couples with the babe in the front seat.
When asked if she would be comfortable staying with a Yahoo boy that is unable to make money for about three years, she rebuked the idea of such happening to her boyfriend.
She, however, reiterated that the benefit of being with him is that if the money gets exhausted he can always use the jazz and renew it.
The interviewer also asked if she is not scared of the fact that EFCC operatives often go after Yahoo boys, but she said she has no business with them.